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Nestled in the Glen Echo Park, the Chautauqua Tower was built in 1892. This tower is the only extant reminder of the Chautauqua movement. Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980, this tower is transformed in to an art space and every month showcases the work of a new artist.
For more than 170 years, Fourth Presbyterian Church has committed itself to ministering to the people of the Washington area. Through educational programs and regular worship services, the church reaches families, singles and the elderly in the community. Seminary-level classes are offered at the Reformed Theological Seminary, located at Fourth Church. Counseling services are available and a large media center and bookstore are open to the public.
An easy walking path leads visitors from the parking lot through wheat and corn fields and an orchard to an 18th-century farm house. The house was typical of a poor Virginia tenant farmer in the 1770s. Volunteers work the farm and do other household chores while keeping in character in dress and speech. Children will especially enjoy the farm animals, which include cattle, turkeys, hogs, chickens, dogs and cats. Throughout the year, special events are held to demonstrate old methods of cheese making, flax processing and other ways of life.
The thriving Downtown Bethesda neighborhood is located at the intersection of the Wisconsin Avenue, Old Georgetown Road and East-West Highway. It features some of the most vibrant areas in the city, including the Bethesda Row, a hub for arts and culture. Besides a range of eating establishments and entertainment centers, Downtown Bethesda is also home to one of the Madonna of the Trail monuments and the Capital Crescent Trail.
Located in Bethesda, this green oasis is the most sought-after venue among international politicians, businessmen and socialites. One look and the lush landscape of Congressional Country Club could be easily taken as a vacation retreat. As inviting as the exteriors, the club doesn't let you down with its regal decor and state-of-art amenities. Guests indulge themselves in the excellent hospitality and tranquil scenic views of this club. Captivating views and a successful event leaves everyone wanting for more!
Potomac Overlook Regional Park offers 100 acres of scenic woodlands and outdoor adventure. Children and adults will enjoy learning about the outdoors at the park's nature center, which features wildlife and archaeological displays and an auditorium for educational programs. The park has a nature trail with regularly scheduled hikes. There are also vegetable, herb, butterfly and wildflower gardens. Schools and organized groups may make arrangements for special programs.
A frequent site of nationally significant memorial services, the National Cathedral is open to worshipers of all denominations. Under construction for most of the 20th Century and completed and consecrated in 1990, this Gothic cathedral is the sixth largest in the world. Flying buttresses, gargoyles, crypts, a 98-foot (30-meter) vaulted ceiling and many intimate chapels contribute to this architectural masterpiece. The grounds invite exploration with curving walkways, well-kept hedges and spacious lawns from which to view the city.